The Washington Times - April 10, 2012, 01:02PM

Here’s a word-for-word transcript of what Tomas Vokoun had to say Tuesday when talking to reporters about his groin injury for the first time since aggravating it March 29:

On how he feels:


“Obviously it’s been an injury I re-injured it twice. I’m working hard and getting better and see how it’s going to be. I went on the ice today for 10 minutes, and it’s fine like that. Like I find out before in the game in unpredictable situations. It’s a lot more susceptible to getting re-injured. Now I’m just trying to get it a hundred percent so when I do play I don’t have to worry about re-injuring it again. Obviously it’s in a bad situation, but I find out kind of the hard way. You can hurt something like that. I never had an injury like that before. I think I mismanage it a little bit from my point of view. Right now, it’s getting better, definitely. I took 12 days off without doing anything, as I would say, on the ice, kind of related. I can still work out and it’s fine walking. Just to be able to walk and run or do stuff like that. When you play goalie, it’s one of those things when you need the most and if it’s not a hundred percent, even hindrance issue and stuff like that, it might be fine first five saves, but after that, when you get tired and you lose the strength in it, you can re-injure it again.”

On perhaps being better to wait:

“There’s a really thin line. It’s hard for me to judge something I’ve never been through. I’ve played with injuries before and some of them are manageable to just be able to play with them. It’s not comfortable but you can play with bruises and stuff like that. I played with crack in my foot before. But this is something you can’t kind of guard. When you play the game, you go full out and you’re trying to save the puck no matter what when you do those kind of things. It’s totally unprotected, so if there’s any issue at all, I don’t think it’s going to be able to hold if it’s still injured or if it’s getting better and it’s still not good enough.”

On knowing when it’s ready:

“I know how I felt last time and I’m going to try to make it so I feel better than I did last time when I come back. Hopefully we still have our season and we still playing. You never know. It’s a bad situation for me,but you never know. Things can change quickly. I’m looking at to get healthy and be able to [play], if there’s a need to help the team. That’s why I came here. I’m disappointed as anyone it turned out this way. But I try, and you just can’t do it. It’s a groin and for goalie that’s essential. There’s no way you can play with something like that.”

On final decision when to play:

“First [trainer Greg Smith]’s got to feel it’s strong enough, then I’ve got to obviously agree. It’s always my decision to pronounce myself healthy enough to play. And then it’s coaches’ decisions if they’re even going to play me or not. It’s a process. I’m just worried about me saying, I think I’m ready to play. And after that, whatever happens happens. I’m working hard to get healthy and at least be able to play. That’s a start for me and after that we’ll see. We never know what’s going to happen. I’ll just do the best I can to get healthy, and after that, it’s up to the coaches who they’re going to play or not. I’m not worried about it at all. It doesn’t even mean I’m going to be able to get healthy to play. But it’s progressing. I felt way better than I felt 10 days ago. It’s all going to depend on how long our season going to be and all the other stuff. I don’t have a lot of answers. All I have is a plan and I’m trying to stick to it and get my health where it needs to be to be able to perform on the ice.”